Welcome To Austin Zoo


About Us

The mission of Austin Zoo is to assist animals in need through rescue, rehabilitation and education.

Located on the southwest edge of Austin, Texas, Austin Zoo draws visitors from around the world to learn about our rescued animals and spend quality time outdoors in the Texas Hill Country.

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“Swing into Summer” Photo Contest

Austin Zoo invites photography enthusiasts of all ages to enter our 2018 Photo Contest.

Contest Timeline:

  • First Day of Contest — Friday, June 1, 2018.
  • Last Day to Enter Photos — Saturday, June 30, 2018 (must be postmarked by this date if mailed).
  • ONE entry per person — Must be a photo from the Austin Zoo.

Click here to see a full list of our rules and how to enter your photos!


  • First Prize — Family of Four Membership for One Year.
  • Second Prize — Two Person Membership for One Year.
  • Third Prize — Family Four Pack Guest Passes.



Summer Camp

Our summer camp philosophy gets your child excited about nature and science through using Austin Zoo as an outdoor living classroom. It is an opportunity for your child to take risks, try new activities and to make new friends who have an interest in science.

Camps will be taught by experienced instructors and well-trained counselors. Your child will participate in many activities including investigating science through fun experiments, fostering their creativity through science-related arts and crafts, and learning about animals and environmental science through up close encounters. Come join us this summer for a roaring good time!

Click here to learn more!



Weekly News

Native Sundays

When you visit the rescued animals at our Zoo, you may also encounter native Texas wildlife on our Hill Country grounds. We thought it would be fun to tell you about our native reptiles, insects, birds, amphibians and mammals!

This Week’s Native Species:
Spinybacked Orbweaver

To learn more about this week’s featured species, click here!

Daily Training &
Enrichment Activities

All keeper talks are weather permitting and last approximately 15 minutes.


Cougar Cubs
11:00am: Monday • Wednesday • Friday

Bear Cubs
11:00am: Sunday • Tuesday • Thursday • Saturday

11:30am: Daily

Galapagos Tortoises*
12:30pm: Daily

American Alligator
2:30pm: Tuesday • Saturday

*Tortoise Keeper Talk is held only when the temperature is at least 60 degrees F. at noon


Austin Zoo Animal Art
Is Now Available For Purchase!

What started out as an enrichment activity for our primates has turned into a fundraising project for Austin Zoo!
All the pieces are hand painted by an Austin Zoo animal in watercolor, are unframed, and include the animal’s name and the date painted. (Each piece of art may contain slight imperfections.)

Click here to see all the available watercolors!